Our Team

Our Team

  Brigette Brouillard is the Founder and Executive Director of Second Chances. She is very passionate about educating people about the importance of making good decisions that affect both wildlife and humans. Wildlife are often the “forgotten” animals and even disliked. Brigette gives people the chance to see these amazing creatures in a different light. Each animal has it’s niche and is important to our ecosystem. Brigette is an ambassador for the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of EKU. She enjoys running, hiking, cheering for her daughter in lacrosse at McKendree University, and visiting with her soon-to-be EKU graduate son. 

Patti Roach has always loved animals. She is a recently retired teacher who had a variety of class pets – hamsters, lizards, fish, a tarantula, and hissing cockroaches. She and her husband have two children in college. She is enjoying getting “up close” with the animals at the center.


Maya LeMaster is a Kentucky native who graduated from WKU in 2016 and currently works at Republic Bank in compliance. Despite the career choice, Maya has always loved the outdoors and is excited to be able to express this through volunteer work at Second Chances. Second Chances not only gives her an opportunity to work closely with animals, but also helps her learn something new about Kentucky wildlife at every shift.


lg 029   Eva Fitzpatrick  has been with Second Chances for five years now. She has kept many various animals in her house as well.   Eva worked for Abbott Pharmaceutical Company for long time before going part-time at another company helping patients in their own homes. Eva is one of our licensed rehabbers. Eva has two children in college. 
  Melanie Reynolds grew up in Louisville and moved to Orlando after college. Melanie worked at SeaWorld in Animal Care for 7 years before coming home to get married. She worked at the Louisville Zoo for 8 years with large carnivores and sometimes giraffe/zebra/bongos. She is now a stay at home mom and helps with their family business, Eclipse Roofing and Restoration.
  Nikki Miller has a lot of love and passion for animals. She has been working at the Louisville Zoo for 17 years! She enjoys volunteering at Second Chances, especially with the opossums and raccoons. Outside of the realm of animals, Nikki enjoys reading, writing, and photography. 
  Amanda Maas is a middle school Special Education teacher. Amanda comes from a military family and has lived as far west as Washington State and spent most of her childhood along the east coast. Besides playing with her sheep dog, Amanda loves photography and spending her summers in Vermont surrounded by her family and Lake Champlain. Amanda’s love for wildlife comes from growing up around animals and learning from her parents that we can make a difference one animal at a time.
  PJ Penny has always loved animals for as long as he can remember. He has a passion for anything reptile related and hopes one day to become a herpetologist. Currently he works as a veterinary technician and working at Second Chances has granted him the opportunity to work with a vast amount of wildlife. “The team at Second Chances is really something special!”

Sarah absolutely loves volunteering at Second Chances! She loves working with all of the animals at the center, especially the neonatal babies.  Sarah has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working in education for ten years, five of those years teaching preschool. She is from Cincinnati and currently lives in Louisville with her husband Will, and her cat, Kitty. She also has a family dog named Patch. She has been passionate about helping animals since she was a young child.   She is studying to become a Certified and Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. 

  In addition to volunteering with Second Chances,  Annemarie Sacra works full time as a public servant with the Kentucky Division of Water.   She has always had a passion for providing care to others and lives in Mount Washington with her husband, 3 dogs, and 2 horses.   In her free time this newlywed loves to be outdoors, especially on the lake or riding ATV’s.  
  Originally from O’Fallon Illinois, Jamie Campbell moved to Kentucky in 2006. After having her son in 2006, she decided to be a stay at home mom and quit working in the Veterinary field. In 2017, she moved to Bullitt County and decided she needed some thing more to do with her time. She started volunteering for Bullitt Co Animal Shelter and then with Second Chances Wildlife Center.  She needed to feel like she was helping animals more than just the ones she had adopted. “It is a joy to be able to help the animals and see them returned to the wild!”
tracy   Tracy Leister is a nature enthusiast, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors. She is passionate about volunteering, and this will be her third year at Second Chances. Tracy feels like wildlife is often forgotten, and loves being a part of such a special team and organization. In her free time Tracy likes to hike, boat, travel, and spend time with her family. Tracy is married and the mother of twin boys.  Tracy is excited to be able to foster that love in her children; as well as all the children Second Chances reaches every year.  
Debbie Laskee was born in St.  Louis, Missouri and moved to Kentucky in 1968. In 2014, she retired from Lagrange, Kentucky’s Kroger after 20 years. Debbie adopted her first pet in 2007, Jim the Ferret. She has had at least one ever since. Debbie started volunteering at Second Chances Wildlife Center in March, 2016. She says that “Working with wildlife has made me a better human than I was before.”.
  Kris Russell always wanted to be a teacher and enjoyed teaching in NC, FL and Louisville, KY. She then worked for the phone company for twenty years. After retiring, Kris began volunteering. She works with  Every Child Learns for Jefferson County , Kentucky Center for the Arts,CASA, and  pet transport. She learned of Second Chances and saw it as a new way to share her love of all things furry. Kris states “It has been such a delight to care for and love this wildlife. I never imagined myself holding skunks, squirrels or opossums.” Kris’s favorite animal is Major.  
Karole joined the SCWC team in May of 2018. An actor and educator for most of her career, she’s found ways to work with and advocate for animals no matter what her job or where she’s at in the country. Her current backyard often masquerades as a unofficial “safe place” for baby birds, bunnies, & various wandering urban wildlife, much to the frustration of her four pampered pets, who are convinced that they could be fiercely wild marauders if only she’d let them chase everything.
  Alexia Harris has been with Second Chances since 2014, and states she “could not be prouder to work with such a passionate and dedicated team”. Her favorite animal is a fox. In the coming year, she hopes to take her passion for wildlife a step further by moving from a civilian volunteer to becoming a fully licensed wildlife rehabber. Outside of Second Chances, Alexia loves yoga, reading, hula hooping, and is training as a fire performer. 
  Maxim is a software developer from Ukraine. He considers himself fortunate to get to spend time with and take care of the awesome animals at Second Chances each week. He’s grateful for support of other wonderful volunteers and Brigette. Enjoys being outside: mountain biking, hiking, kayaking. Plays volleyball. 
  Velvet M Yeager is BSN graduate of Western Kentucky University.  She is a life-long animal lover and is delighted to be a part of our team.  She became aware of SCWC thanks to Bandit Patrol on Nat Geo TV.  When she realized our new location was conveniently close to her home, she took it as a sign from God that she needed to get involved.  In addition to working full-time at an area hospital and volunteering in the care of our wildlife, Velvet is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful girls.  
  Sarah Erler grew up surrounded by animals of all sorts on her family’s small farm in Oldham County, Kentucky. Once she graduated from Hanover College in 2014, she started getting involved in animal welfare as a foster parent for local animal rescues in Louisville, KY. She currently sits on the board of a foster-based feline rescue and works as a veterinary assistant at a small animal practice in Louisville. Although she loves animals of all shapes and sizes, the young squirrels always manage to steal her heart each “baby season” at Second Chances.
  Sarah Erler grew up surrounded by animals of all sorts on her family’s small farm in Oldham County, Kentucky. Once she graduated from Hanover College in 2014, she started getting involved in animal welfare as a foster parent for local animal rescues in Louisville, KY. She currently resides on the board of a foster-based feline rescue and works as a veterinary assistant at a small animal practice in Louisville. Although she loves animals of all shapes and sizes, the young squirrels always manage to steal her heart each “baby season” at Second Chances.  

Tammy Lawson’s true life passions have always been animals, nature and love of the Great Outdoors. In 2016 she began volunteering in many aspects to include promoting the importance of wildlife conservation and rehabilitation for SCWC. Tammy and her husband own a family farm where they live with their dogs, quarter horses, honey bees, raise Black Angus cattle, and enjoy spending time with their daughters and grandsons. 

  Julie Martin has been a vet tech for 17 years. She studied biology in college. Julie loves being outdoors, hiking, biking and fishing. She loves watching college football, especially Alabama! Julie grew up between Kentucky and Alabama. her furry family includes 2 geriatric dogs and one crazy cat.

Shelley Hunter has been volunteering for Second Chances since July 2017. She retired from the Kentucky State Real Estate Commission and currently works full-time in the School of Business at Bellarmine University. She loves the outdoors and being close to nature. Shelley has four sugar gliders, a cat and dog. She is married and has a daughter in graduate school and two boys in high school. Her favorite hobbies are four-wheeling, traveling and being around animals.


Rebecca Barker has been a Veterinary Technician for 4 years. She’s dreamed of working with animals since she was in middle school. Volunteering at Second Chances has made it possible for her to not only help cats and dogs, but our beautiful wildlife as well. Rebecca enjoys spending her down time reading and snuggling with her fur babies.
    Angie Riley is an Associate Professor at Jefferson Community and Technical College, teaching Pharmacy Technology.  She became aware of Second Chances after watching the Bandit Patrol television series.  After watching the show and seeing the work done with bats, she decided she needed to help.  Angie is currently our bat room supervisor, making sure our smallest rescues are well cared for!
1376502_10152029439958099_1091686056_n    Christy Mesker is a nature lover, animal lover and all around gadget geek. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a BS in Computer Information Systems and co-owner of an IT company in the Louisville area.  She lives with her husband, three dogs and two gerbils on 11 acres full of nature and wildlife. Christy is our very important, behind the scenes tech-magic guru! We love and appreciate her!